Building Resiliency

Building awareness about mental health, creating a psychologically safe work environment through peer supports and creating recovery-informed workplaces, all contribute to fostering optimal mental health for our members


What is a Recovery-Informed Workplace?

A recovery-informed workplace proactively destigmatizes addiction and mental illness. It’s a support system that:

  • Accepts and Respects: Assists workers interested in pursuing recovery or who are in recovery.
  • Educates: Informs both management and employees about internal policies and processes designed to support and celebrate those committed to a recovery journey.
  • Minimizes and Enhances: Works to minimize conditions that lead to substance misuse and enhance the process of seeking, receiving, and continuing treatment.
  • Promotes Supportive Policies: Maintains and promotes robust, supportive policies that celebrate individuals in recovery.
  • Lessens Stigma: Offers the most effective way to lessen the stigma surrounding addiction and mental illness.

what are the benefits of a Recovery-Informed Workplace?

A recovery-informed workplace can lead to numerous positive outcomes including:

  • Improved Productivity: Increases overall workplace efficiency.
  • Retention of Skilled Workers: Helps keep valuable employees within the organization.
  • Safer Environments: Creates a more secure work environment that can be sustained over time.

By focusing on these key areas, organizations can foster a compassionate, supportive culture that helps individuals on their path to recovery and builds a healthier, more resilient workplace.


  • Proactively destigmatize addiction + mental illness
  • Accepts, respects and assists employees interested in, pursuing or who are in recovery
  • Views addiction treatment holistically as part of a broader employee health and wellness program
  • Values people in recovery
  • Supports recruitment and retention

How to assess your workplace

  • Assessment of recovery capital to identify any obstacles for individuals coping with addiction
  • Signs and symptoms at work
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • Understanding the regulatory environment
  • Establishing your goals and possible outcomes
  • Potential pathways


  • Learn to identify addictions often considered as ‘invisible disabilities’.
  • Learn how to differentiate addiction from substance abuse in the workplace.
  • Learn what constitutes an appropriate medical evaluation as an important first step.
  • Chronic Pain & Opioid Use: dependence or addiction?
  • Learn the important considerations when choosing a care path for the affected individual (for whom, when, why, and how long).
  • Understanding the current climate around medicated assisted therapies (MAT) in safety sensitive vocations.
  • Understand the goals of various treatment modalities and what should you expect.
  • Build a continuing care plan, which may include contingency management and why some form of monitoring is a critical piece.
  • Learn to use technology where geographically hard to reach populations are concerned or where you have a mobile workforce.
  • Learn about mutual support groups and the importance of a recovery community. 
  • Learn about specific roles in recovery. What is the Employer’s role? The Disability Carrier’s role? The Employee’s role? The Union’s role?
  • What are my blind spots? How do I manage me when managing a file?

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